"whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting - that is, or hopefully doing without - will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment."
- dietrich bonhoeffer
as believers in jesus, we are always in a state of advent. much like israel was waiting for the babe in the manger, we are waiting for our king to return. we do not have to give in to culture. we can wait because we know that fulfillment in him will be the most joyous experience we will have. so this christmas, as you wait and prepare, may you be reminded that as we struggle and endure, that we are hopefully waiting. let the fact that god is in the manger be a reminder that he is good to deliver on his promise to return.